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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 87, June 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/06/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Biomass grown for use as feedstock often has to compete with other applications. The chief example is, of course, food, which has led to a long-standing debate about the most appropriate use of a limited agricultural land resource to minimise the risks of additional conversion of land to agricultural use. This month the spotlight is on wood and in particular the pressures being placed on use of waste wood resources. Forestry is a key contributing sector of the bioeconomy, as woody biomass is a very promising prospective feedstock for biorefinery opportunities, thanks to the complex hydrocarbons that can be derived from lignocellulose, as well as the potential to efficiently deliver large volumes of carbohydrate (sugars) per unit of land area.  Wood and forestry by-products also offer..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Large increase for UK waste wood demand for biomass
  • More operational plants mean more biomass supplied by Stobart
  • Total's La Mede plant to utilise palm oil despite EU regulations​

Research & Development

  • UK Biomass Biorefinery Network launched
  • Study identifies most promising pyrolysis feedstocks
  • Project to promote sustainable palm oil
  • Report into emissions from petroleum-based plastics
  • Drax and partners to explore hydrogen​

Wood & Crop

  • Wood pulp alternative from crop waste
  • Enviva expects wood pellet demand increase
  • Novel technology to improve corn oil yields for ethanol
  • Concerns biomass energy could threaten recycled wood sector
  • US wood pellet export destinations
  • Progress on Velocys biomass gasification plants​

Other Feedstocks

  • Major UK supermarkets commit to food waste reduction
  • Feedstock supply agreement for Next Renewable Fuels plant​


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